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FEC raffle calls for food banks
Representatives from Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, West Shore, Libby and the Veterans Food Bank gathered at the Flathead Electric Cooperative on Friday, September 9 to celebrate the results of this year’s raffle.
Organized by the co-op to support local food banks, the 2022 Ribeye Raffle raised $22,725 in cash and approximately 1,000 pounds of meat to donate to seven food banks.
As part of its commitment to community members owning the co-op, Flathead Electric purchases beef, lamb and pork each year at 4-H Market and FFA (Future Farmers of America) sales at the Northwest Montana Fair. Most meat goes to the food bank, except for prime cuts of steak, which are raffled off. This year, the co-op purchased beef from Clara Giffin and Tristen Sheff; Lamb by Cadence Jones and Wyatt Bernier; and Hogs by Dylan Benson and Bentley Bratton.
The winners of the raffle were announced on August 23. Dana Brown and Susan Gudmunson, both of Columbia Falls, each received about 60 one-inch-thick Montana sirloin and rib eye steaks worth more than $500.
Will Tutvet, the Co-op’s Community Outreach Specialist and organizer of the Ribeye Raffle, was delighted with the results of this year’s raffle and shared, “It’s amazing; when we started the Ribeye raffle, we raised nearly $1,000 each year. Pandemic closures have forced us to sell online, and that may be the best thing that can happen to the Ribeye Raffle. First-year online ticket sales topped $10,000 and surpassed $20,000 for the first time this year. Our members are so generous and, as an affiliate, we are thrilled to organize this effort and give to our community food bank in such a meaningful way.
Over the past seven years, the Ribeye Raffle has raised $52,386 in cash and donated nearly 6,000 pounds of meat to food banks in Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Bigfork, Lakeside, Libby and Veterans. Ticket sales are closed for 2022 but will be available for purchase online in the summer of 2023, at the Co-op’s Libby and Kalispell offices, and at the Co-op’s booth at the Northwest Montana Fair.
WCU announced additions to the leadership team
Whitefish Credit Union has announced the following five additions to the management team.
• Jennifer Archer has been promoted to senior vice president of lending operations. Archer most recently served as vice president of credit administration supporting the loan portfolio. He joined Whitefish Credit Union in 2005 and held several positions within the credit union before overseeing lending operations. Archer serves on the board of Women Who Wine, a local nonprofit that raises money for other nonprofits. He graduated from Flathead High School and is currently attending CUNA Management School, a leadership program for credit union executives.
Corey Koopman has been promoted to senior vice president of IT and project management. Coopman joined the credit union in 2018 as vice president of information technology and brings more than two decades of experience managing and improving information technology systems. Koopman graduated from Arizona State University with a business degree in computer information systems and actively volunteers in the community coaching youth sports.
• Cheryl Mintz recently joined Whitefish Credit Union as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. He holds an MBA and JD from Tulane University with additional certifications in mediation and arbitration. Mintz is a certified member of the Montana Bar Association and has extensive experience in multiple industries. He holds a private pilot license, a diving license and a black belt in judo. In her spare time, she supports numerous charities and is a member of the Soprano II group of the Glacier Symphony Chorale.
• Promoted Matt Venturini to Senior Vice President of Transactions. Venturini started as a credit analyst at Whitefish Credit Union in 2011. After six years at Glacier Bank, he joined the credit union as Vice President, Head of Home Loans before being promoted to his current supervisory role. all aspects of lending to Whitefish Credit Union. Venturini is a graduate of Flathead High School and holds a degree in finance from Concordia College. He is Chairman of the Board of Habitat for Humanity of the Flathead Valley.
• Josh Wilson has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing. Wilson has worked for Whitefish Credit Union since 2017, previously serving as vice president of marketing. He has over sixteen years of financial services experience and is an adjunct instructor in West Virginia University’s Data Marketing Communications and Digital Marketing Communications graduate programs. Josh received his master’s degree from West Virginia University.
The relay is certified to work with H&R blocks
Celina M. from Kalispell. Riley has been named one of 25 people to be recognized for the 2022 Henry Bloch Awards for Excellence in Customer Service for H&R Block. Riley is brave and always working to increase H&R Block’s presence in her area.
Each recipient has been chosen to go above and beyond in customer care and to reflect the behavior and purpose of H&R Block: to provide help and build trust between our customers and communities everywhere .
Mann wins awards for connecting buyers with mortgage down payment assistance
HomeNow received the Best Lending Institution award from the Kalispell-based Mann Mortgage MoFi, a nonprofit that has served Montanans for more than 30 years.
Mann Mortgage won the award because its loan officers helped connect the most homebuyers in Montana to MoFi’s HomeNow Down Payment Assistance Program in 2021. HomeNow Helps Increase Homeownership among Montana residents who have good income and good credit, but need help with a down payment. Mann Mortgage has received the award five years in a row since 2016, when HomeNow down payment assistance was first offered.
Based in Kalispell, the company also has branches in Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, Polson, Stevensville and Whitefish.
“HomeNow’s down payment assistance is an extremely valuable resource for Mann Mortgage,” said Steve Paulson, Branch Manager for Mann Mortgage in Kalispell. “Many of our customers across the state of Montana would not have achieved their dream of homeownership without the program, and we are privileged and proud to be named MoFi’s Lender of the Year for the fifth year. consecutive.”
Homebuyers can access HomeNow down payment assistance through a participating mortgage lender. This comes in the form of a deferred loan at 0% interest. Buyers can receive up to 5% of their total loan amount, and assistance can be used for both down payment and closing costs. The program is not limited to first-time home buyers. Since the program launched in late 2016, MoFi has helped nearly 600 Montana residents become homeowners.
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